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Challenge: Deep DOF (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: VT - usa
Date: Jun 3, 2004
Galleries: Sky, Rural
Date Uploaded: Jun 6, 2004

This weekend was the hot air balloon & music festival at a nearby fair grounds. i took this from our back yard the first night of the festival. i had too much to do to make it to the festival, although i almost went ( $15 plus parking plus food, kept me home )

i thought this to be a very subtle use of deep depth of field, and hope(d) it will(would) be disimilar to many of the entries.

the birds/wire are close to one mile from the balloons.

for this shot there was a fair amount of post processing work. i knew when i took it that the sky was not going to be as true blue as i was seeing, and the overall colors would be flat. i selected the balloons, and the wire, and the birds, copied, and pasted to a new layer.
i then used curves, hue/saturation, and selective color to get the sky blue i saw, and gaussian blurred that slightly to remove noise. i then used curves, and hue/saturation on the balloons layer to bring out the colors of them and add some contrast to the colors. i then selected the wire and the birds, and used levels to blacken them. merged layers, resized, and USM 100, 0.6, 0.

this is probably the most worked on shot i have entered here. and hope you like it ;}

it was quite a site to see close to 30 balloons rise up all at the same time, espcially since i had forgotten about the festival. i wish i had done a three shot panorama of the sky to capture all of the balloons...

Place: 57 out of 158
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Avg (commenters): 7.0833
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Views since voting: 978
Votes: 196
Comments: 13
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/13/2004 07:01:35 PM
Unusual shot with some humour too. Like it.
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06/13/2004 03:45:57 PM
Well spotted! I like this one, the birds on the line add so much here!
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06/11/2004 10:29:49 PM
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06/10/2004 12:56:49 PM
It's interesting, they all look like they are at the same depth, just different sizes. An interesting and colorful chaotic pattern. A fortunate opportunity.
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06/09/2004 10:01:04 PM
Reminds me of Space Invaders video game
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06/08/2004 04:16:17 PM
Wow !
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06/08/2004 02:50:54 AM
I like this photo because of the subject and composition IMHO. I think it would have been better if the birds made up more of the composition and were zoomed closer, even if that meant losing some of the balloons in the shot. This would have brought out more detail in the birds and emphasized the deep DOF.
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06/07/2004 11:14:37 PM
Neat idea. Plays well.
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06/07/2004 09:41:23 PM
very nice
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06/07/2004 02:32:19 PM
I like the idea of this one. The title makes it clear. Excellent work that meets the theme of the challenge.
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06/07/2004 12:43:08 PM
I love this picture! Don't think it illustrates DOF very effectively, but terrific!
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06/07/2004 03:36:42 AM
veru original...even though very small the birds in the foreground seem bit out of focus...good luck
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06/07/2004 02:32:56 AM
Made me laugh. very good. Thanks.
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